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Significant changes to SkillSelect EOI invitation rounds 

Significant change to SkillSelect EOI  invitation rounds 

The DHA have announced changes to the EOI invitation rounds. These will now be conducted once a month.

“SkillSelect invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) will occur once each month, on the 11th day of each month, effective 11 Aug 2018. There is no change to the overall number of invitations provided each month”

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Changes 1st July, 2018 – higher points required for GSM visas

Higher points required – GSM points test to increase by 5 points 

As usual at this time of the year, there have been some changes announced to the GSM visa programme by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). 

From 1 July 2018, applicants will need to score 65 points to eligible to be considered for a GSM visa. This is an increase of 5 points. The effected GSM visa subclasses are:

  • Skilled-Independent (Permanent) Subclass 189;
  • Skilled-Nominated (Permanent) (Subclass 190; and
  • Skilled-Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 489

The increase is in response to the high demand for GSM visas. It also reflects the high scores that current applicants in the Skill Select Expression of Interest (EOI) pool are claiming. 

For applicants who are invited to apply for a GSM visa prior to 1st July 2018, they won’t be effected by the increase in points. These invited individuals can continue to prepare and submit their application. As is stands currently, any invited applicants will need to ensure that they lodge their applications within the required 60 days. 

If you could like to discuss how this will effect you please Contact Us.

Updated – Australian Skilled Occupation Lists (April 2018)

Occupation lists change … again … 

2018 has already seen a number of changes to Australian immigration. Some of these were detailed in our most recent post.

Following on from these changes, last week the Northern Territory have updated the occupations that they will consider nominating for the Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa or the Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) Visa.

If you would like to look at whether you may be eligible for a General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa, be a state or territory nominated visa – such as the Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 visa – or the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa please check out the list below.

Skilled Occupations – April 2018

If you would like a detailed assessment of your Australian visa options, please  CONTACT US .

NSW Skilled Occupation List (SOL) update

The NSW Department of Industry have updated their Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL) effective immediately (25th September, 2017). This update includes both the addition and removal of some occupations.

Applicants seeking to nominated by NSW for a Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa will need to have an occupation on their skilled occupations lists.

NSW – The Premier state

Some of these occupations are able to be nominated under both visa programs, whilst many are also listed for nomination in specific regions of NSW for the Subclass 489 visa.

Occupations added:

  • Chemical Engineer (233111)
  • Electronics Engineer (233411)
  • Industrial Engineer (233511)
  • Production or Plant Engineer (233513)
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)
  • Architectural Draftsperson (312111)
  • Stonemason (331112)

Occupations removed:

  • Occupational Health & Safety Adviser (251312)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon (253512)
  • Neurosurgeon (252513)

The full list of occupations can be found here – Skilled Occupations (2017-18).

If you would like to discuss your options for a NSW nominated visa – whether you would be eligible for the Subclass 190 or 489 visa. then please  Contact Us.

Engineers Australia – skills assessment update

Engineers Australia (EA) have announced a number of changes and updates recently. The below summarises these.

English Language tests – PTE Academic 

From November 1st, 2017 skills assessment applicants can use PTE Academic test results to evidence their english language ability. Until this date only IELTS exams are accepted.

The minimum requirement for an applicant who undertakes the PTE Academic test is a score of 50 in each of the 4 modules – Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking.

Washington Accord addition – another country added  

Pakistan has been added to the list of approved countries under the Washington Accord. This means that qualifications completed from 2017 onwards will be accepted by Engineers Australia.

This brings the number of signatory countries to the Washington Accord to 19. These include:

* Australia * Canada * China * Chinese Taipei * Hong Kong * India *  Ireland * Japan * Korea * Malaysia * New Zealand * Russia * Singapore *  South Africa * Sri Lanka * Turkey * United States * United Kingdom * Pakistan

Skilled Migration

Engineering Registration Overseas 

If an applicant for a skills Assessment has been practicing in a country where Engineering is a regulated profession, such as Pakistan or the Philippines, they  must include evidence of registration in the application.

Processing Times 

The current waiting times skills assessments applications are:

  • Australian Qualifications And Accords Qualifications Assessment: 6 weeks
  • Australian Qualifications And Accords Qualifications Assessment with Fast Track: 15 working days
  • Competency Demonstration Report: 6 weeks
  • Competency Demonstration Report with Fast Track: 15 working days

If you have any questions about how this effects you eligibility and your visa options please Contact Us.

Queensland GSM state nomination – occupations removed

Removal of occupations for Queensland

Queensland have recently announced the removal of a number of occupations from their State nomination lists. These occupations, in addition to 233914 Engineering Technologists which was removed in early August,  have been removed due to the high numbers of Expression of Interest (EOI) lodged.

The removed occupations are:

  • 221111 Accountant (general)
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 262113 Systems Administrator
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 313113 Web Administrator
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 611211 Insurance Agent
  • 232511 Interior Designer
  • 221112 Management Acct
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 225311 Public Relations Professional
  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist

If these changes effect your visa options, and you want to discuss what other opportunities there may be please Contact Us.

ACT Migration Program closed to overseas applicants

ACT Nomination – closed for overseas applicants immediately

With immediate effect, as of the 23rd August, the ACT Skilled Migration program is closed to overseas applicants.

The exceptions to this are those applicants who have on occupation on this list, are applicants who have close ties to the ACT through family members, or a job offer in the ACT.

Whilst this is a disappointing outcome, unfortunately it is not unexpected. When we announced on our blog that the ACT 2017-18 occupations had been released, we also asked the question “How long will they last this year?”.

The answer is that it lasted from the 5th July, 2017 until yesterday. An improvement on the 13 days the occupation list was open for last year.

If this closure effects you, and you want to discuss what other opportunities you may have, please Contact Us.

Update to Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL)

Queensland have quickly revised the occupations they nominate for 2017-18. Details of the announced change are copied below.

BSMQ Update to QSOL: Engineering Technologist

Engineering Technologist (233914) was taken off our Queensland Skilled Occupations Lists (QSOL) on 11 July 2017 – please note we will not be accepting any new EOIs under this occupation from the 12 July 2017 at this stage. We have received a very large number of EOIs for this occupation.

We are currently not issuing any more invitations to lodge an application with BSMQ. However, if some of the current invitees do not respond in the requested time frame, we will issue further invitations to some of those in the current queue.

If this affects you, or you want to discuss if there are any other options for this occupation, then please Contact Us.

General Skilled Migration (GSM): 2017-18 skilled occupations lists

Northern Territory – skilled nomination visas re-open

Northern Territory: Re-opened for skilled nomination

As announced last month the Northern Territory have re-opened their skilled nomination visas from July 1st, 2017.

Eligible Occupations – NT Skilled visas

Applicants can seek to be nominated for either a Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa if they meet the NT nomination criteria. The nomination criteria includes meeting the points test for a GSM visa, but also with having an eligible occupation on the NT list.

There have been some changes from the NT’s 2016-2017 occupation list. It is important to confirm that if you were eligible previously, that you may still be now.

Live in the NT

The eligible occupations for  NT nomination are detailed below.

ANZSCOOCCUPATION
232111Architect
252711Audiologist
272111Careers Counsellor
351311Chef
233211Civil Engineer
272311Clinical Psychologist
212411Copywriter
132111Corporate Services Manager
272199Counsellors (nec)
321212Diesel Motor Mechanic
272112Drug & Alcohol Counsellor
241111Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
272312Educational Psychologist
233311Electrical Engineer
233411Electronics Engineer
272113Family & Marriage Counsellor
253111General Practitioner
233212Geotechnical Engineer
232411Graphic Designer
391111Hairdresser
232412Illustrator
233511Industrial Engineer
212419Journalist & other writers (nec)
232112Landscape Architect
233512Mechanical Engineer
251211Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212Medical Radiation Therapist
321211Motor Mechanic (General)
312113Motorcycle Mechanic
212412Newspaper or Periodical Editor
251213Nuclear Medicine Technologist
254311Nurse Manager
254411Nurse Practitioner
134212Nursing Clinical Director
252411Occupational Therapist
251411Optometrist
272313Organisational Psychologist
251412Orthopist
252511Physiotherapist
134213Primary Health Organisation Manager
212413Print Journalist
272399Psychologists (nec)
225311Public Relations Professional
233213Quantity Surveyor
272612Recreation Officer
254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
254417Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254418Registered Nurse (Medical)
254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254425Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254499Registered Nurses (nec)
272114Rehabilitation Counsellor
253112Resident Medical Officer
251513Retail Pharmacist
321214Small Engine Mechanic
272499Social Professionals (nec)
272511Social Worker
271311Solicitor
251214Sonographer
252712Speech Pathologist
233214Structural Engineer
272115Student Counsellor
212415Technical Writer
212416Television Journalist
233215Transport Engineer
232414Web Designer
134214Welfare Centre Manager
272613Welfare Worker

Are you eligible?

If you would like to discuss whether you are eligible for NT nomination please Contact Us.